Exhibitions

Current & Upcoming Exhibitions

All exhibitions are free with museum admission

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And Still We Rise: Our Journey Through African American History and Culture

Permanent Exhibition

This unique, long-term exhibition serves as the central experience of The Wright Museum. The 22,000 square-foot exhibition space contains more than 20 galleries that allow patrons to travel over time and across geographic boundaries. The journey begins in Africa, the cradle of human life.  Witness several ancient and early modern civilizations that evolved on the continent.  Cross the Atlantic Ocean, experience the tragedy of the middle passage and encounter those... Click here to read more »


The Portrait: Drawings by River Rouge High School Students

March 16, 2018 - June 10, 2018

The portrait is an age-old art form that transcends cultures and mediums. For artists, the human face and (form) are an endless source of interesting and unique terrain to explore their artwork. River Rouge High School art teacher, LeJuan Richardson, introduced portraiture to his students and worked with them to capture their own portraits in several steps... Click here to read more »


Collected with Pride: A Glimpse of Detroiters' Art

January 15 - April 29, 2018

Organized by the Charles H. Wright Museum of African American History, Collected with Pride: A Glimpse of Detroiters' Art presents more than 65 stunning works of art drawn from the collections of 21 African American collectors, showcasing beautiful and powerful artworks as well as the fervent collecting, preserving, and exhibiting that has been occurring in Detroit since the early 1960s... Click here to read more »


i found god in myself: a celebration of Dr. Ntozake Shange’s for colored girls...

January 15 - April 27, 2018

i found god in myself: a celebration of Dr. Ntozake Shange’s for colored girls... curated by Peter “Souleo” Wright, celebrates the genre-bending, award-winning choreopoem/play, for colored girls who have considered suicide/when the rainbow is enuf, which debuted on Broadway in 1976. Presented in the exhibition are 10 commissioned artworks that are a tribute to the Broadway play. Each work honors an individual poem and underscores their enduring significance in highlighting issues impacting the lives of women of color... Click here to read more »


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Inspiring Minds: African Americans in Science and Technology

Permanent Exhibition

This comprehensive, high-tech exhibition highlights trailblazers, contemporaries and careers in the fields of science, technology, engineering, and mathematics. African Americans have contributed to the scientific and engineering output of the United States since the 17th century, and this history is brought to life through interactive computer kiosks, a touchscreen video wall, and hands-on activities and play areas teaching basic engineering concepts. Four disciplines of scientific advancement are explored: Physical Sciences, Earth Sciences, Life Sciences, and Technology & Engineering... Click here to read more »


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The Music and the Times: Photographs by Leni Sinclair

October 18, 2016 - May 2018

Leni Sinclair is a renowned visual historian, photographer, social and political activist. Beginning in the 1960s, she documented live performances of legendary American and world musicians, especially those that performed in Detroit, Michigan. Through her work she has amassed an amazing collection of images that reflect the superb talent and artistry found in live musical performances... Click here to read more »


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A is for Africa

Ongoing Exhibition

Twenty-six interactive stations make up a three-dimensional "dictionary" designed for children from pre-school through fourth grade in A is for Africa. Organized by the Charles H. Wright Museum of African American History, this long-term installation introduces young visitors to an array of interesting persons, places, events, ideas, foods and objects important to understanding the histories and cultures of Africa. While focusing on young children, those who are older will certainly find this activity enjoyable... Click here to read more »


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Ring of Genealogy

Ongoing Exhibition

Located on the floor of the Ford Freedom Rotunda, is Genealogy, a work designed by artist Hubert Massey. The creation depicts the struggles of African Americans in this country. Each figure is symbolic of an experience, from slavery to present day violence, the hunger for knowledge, the importance of spirituality and the upward mobility of African Americans. Surrounding this 37-foot floor are bronze nameplates of prominent African Americans in history. Each year new names are added to this Ring of Genealogy... Click here to read more »


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Stories in Stained Glass: The Art of Samuel A. Hodge

Ongoing Exhibition

The works of art included in this long-term installation focus on three areas of African American culture and history. The Musicians celebrates everyday people who have exercised their right to interpret the world as they see it through songs and instruments. Dance and Dancers on the other hand, honors those artists who use their bodies as the medium to express non-verbal emotions, themes and ideas. And Freedom Advocates is dedicated to notable African Americans who fought and died to ensure dignity and freedom for themselves and their people... Click here to read more »


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Detroit Performs!

Ongoing Exhibition

The museum is pleased to present Detroit Performs!, a photomontage dedicated to those who gained national and often international prominence in the performing arts. Although a majority of these artists moved here from other regions, especially the south, they claimed Detroit as their own, usually crediting it as the place where they honed their skills. Many of these innovators, John Lee Hooker, Tommy Flanagan and Mattie Moss Clark among them, put unique spins on existing art forms such as blues, jazz and gospel... Click here to read more »


 

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